The Easiest Way to Get Targeted for a 50,000 Point Signup Bonus on the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa

A few months ago I posted about a 50k offer I received for the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa and as I noted, there seemed to be one telling clue on how I got the offer. On the top of the mailer, it stated “Congratulations, Ralph on recently earning miles” and by looking at the activity in my United account, I was quickly figured out it was related to online shopping done through the United MileagePlus Shopping portal. I suggested back then that others try shopping through the portal to generate an offer but I wasn’t sure if that actually would work. With the help of some clients and others, I can confirm in most cases, earning miles via the United shopping portal will result in a targeted mailer for a 50,000 point offer a few weeks later. 


To test this out, I asked several clients who were looking to get this credit card to make a purchase of any size through the portal and track if/when they got a mailer for a 50,000 point offer. In these examples, some clients previously held the Chase United Explorer card (myself included) while others did not. One person even had just created a United account recently and never had any activity with United before. In almost all cases, everyone reported receiving a mailer about 2-3 weeks after the miles posted to their account. 


Some of my mailers…

My experience was similar though I did not receive a mailer for every individual shopping transaction. From November onward, I shopped through the portal 5 times but only got 3 offers in the mail. Now this could be because several transaction were on the same day so they got lumped together perhaps? Or the system is programmed to send them at different intervals as interestingly all my offers have different links and expiration dates. Here is the one I got in the mail this week. For those who want to try and see if they are targeted, try this link:


I feel rather confident in suggesting this as a solid approach to try and earn a targeted offer for a 50,000 point signup bonus (and 5,000 bonus points for adding an authorized user) on the Chase United Mileageplus Explorer Card. Of course I can’t guarantee this will work but in my testing with clients, I’ve covered most of the scenarios, it seemed to work for many people and there is little to no downside to trying this. Remember though if you are a former cardholder, this bonus offer is not available if you received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months.

If anyone else has experience with getting a targeted offer for this card, please let me know in the comments!

A Possible Way to Get Targeted for a 50k United MileagePlus Explorer Offer

I posted last week about how I was targeted for a 50,000 mile signup bonus on the United MileagePlus Explorer card via email and how the offer link seemingly hasn’t expired even though it should have. To followup on that, the link still works but I think I know why. This week I was sent the following envelope via snail mail. Since I am still targeted for a 50,000 mile offer, that could explain why the link still shows me the offer.


All of the terms of the offer are identical to what I received via email but do you see the interesting language on this mailer (hint: check out the circle and arrow).  It specifically congratulates me for recently earning miles so does this possibly hold a clue as to why I was targeted for this offer? Let’s take a look at my recent activity.

United Activity

As you can see, I haven’t had much activity earning United MileagePlus miles with the exception of some random earning from shopping via the United MileagePlus Shopping mall. And the only two I’d consider recent are obviously just the two last transactions. My hypothesis is that earning miles via their shopping portal, mostly from 10/17, contributed to receiving a targeted 50,000 mile offer. It’s possible that lack of activity also contributed to this as someone who constantly earns United miles may not be able to trigger this targeted offer.

If you haven’t received the signup bonus on the United Explorer card in the past 18 months and you haven’t had much activity earning United miles, you might be to get yourself targeted for this offer. The next time you do some online shopping consider using the United shopping mall to earn miles. I’d also guess that earning miles from other means outside of flying such as crediting car rentals to United or even transferring 1,000 points from Chase Ultimate Rewards could work.

Anyone else have luck trying this?